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UPDATE: Coroner identifies man found dead after car enters Manitowoc River

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MONDAY 7/27/2020 11:47 a.m.

MANITOWOC, Wis. (WFRV) – A preexisting medical condition may have been a contributing factor in the death of a Manitowoc man who’s vehicle went into the Manitowoc River on Friday.

According to the Manitowoc County Coroner, a car driven by 26-year-old Jeffrey Pagel of Manitowoc entered the river on Friday near the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Pagel was the only occupant of the vehicle.

The coroner says an autopsy is scheduled for today and results may take eight to 12 weeks. A preexisting condition may have contributed to the incident, according to the coroner.

Drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be a factor.

Original Story: Man killed when car goes into Manitowoc River

SATURDAY 7/25/2020 11:42 p.m.

MANITOWOC, Wis. (WFRV) – A Manitowoc man is dead after his car went into the river Friday night, according to police.

Authorities say the vehicle was going down Maritime Drive, when it left the road, hit a parked car and ended up the river.

Kayakers nearby tried to help the driver, reports say, but the vehicle sank.

A responding Manitowoc police officer dove in, and also tried to help the driver, but police say the water was too deep and murky.

The 26-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

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